Baby Bok Choy & Turkey Meatballs

How is everyone’s new year’s resolutions going? Did you know it takes about 21 days to develop a habit? You are mostly likely not going to stop your new habit after you’ve been doing it for 21 days, and we’re already past halfway there! Hopefully that helps motivate you somehow! We all have priorities, and sometimes our top priorities shouldn’t be our top priorities. This year I’m all about making NO excuses. I was pretty strict on excuses when I was working out before, though. I at least always made sure I only had 2 rest days a week. Usually, my rest days are thursdays and sundays, but some days I just wouldn’t feel like doing my workout so I’d think “I’ll just make today my rest day and not have one sunday/thursday”. I did this a lot and it would mess up my week, or I’d end up with two rest days really close together or far apart, which isn’t ideal. But this year, I don’t even want to allow my rest days to be flexible. Strictly thursday and sunday unless I have an incredibly good reason. The main reason for this, though, is because not doing a workout just because I didn’t feel like it is what brought on the habit of not doing my workout just because I didn’t feel like it, and it made it easy to eventually do less and less workouts and eventually stop altogether. I feel like this will help avoid that, and help me stick to it! You have to set boundaries and restrictions or you’ll start allowing yourself to falter here and there.

Do you guys like using apps to track all your fitness information? I have an app that tracks what I’m eating and the amount of calories. You can add in if you did a workout or went for a run or walk, and it subtracts the calories from your total of the day. Even though I’m not strict on calorie counting, it’s just nice to see it all in front of me instead of having no idea. But I forgot how fun it was to take all my knowledge on eating healthy and low carb, and coming up with delicious recipes with it! This recipe is going to be a new favorite of mine, specifically for the turkey meatballs. I found turkey hard to get used to cooking with, because it’s not as flavourful as chicken or beef on it’s own. You need to give it the right add-ins that help the turkey to shine, but not go too far as to completely overtake it’s flavour. This is my favorite turkey meatball I’ve had to date. If you aren’t a fan of bok choy, there’s lots of things you could do with a turkey meatball. Just take my recipe and cook it into any other kind of dish!

I also have an app that tracks how much water I’m drinking. You can also set little reminders to remind you to get hydrated. I find that very useful, since I’m pretty bad at reaching my goal otherwise. I also love infused waters for the same reason. They help me drink more since I’m drinking something tasty, and not just flavourless liquid. I made a post a while back of my favorite flavour combinations for infused water. I hope everyone is doing good with their resolutions as well, and I wish you all the best for 2018!

Baby Bok Choy & Turkey Meatballs

  • Prep Time: 15m
  • Cook Time: 20m
  • Total Time: 45m
  • Serves: 2


  • 3 baby bok choy

Turkey Meatballs

  • 1/2 of a chilli pepper, finely minced
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 3 tbsp. fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • pinch of cayenne powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • fresh cracked pepper
  • 450 g minced ground turkey


  • 3/4 c balsamic vinegar (or 2 tbsp balsamic reduction)


  1. In a bowl combine the ground turkey, parsley, chilli pepper, cayenne, garlic, salt & pepper.
  2. Roll into golf-ball sized balls and place in a pan over medium heat. Cook, turning often to ensure even cooking.
  3. Meanwhile, put a medium pot of water on the stove over high heat to boil.
  4. Chop off the thick end of the bok choy so the pieces come apart.
  5. Place in the boiling water for 1 minute to blanch.
  6. Then remove from pot and place in cold water to stop the cooking process.
  7. If using balsamic vinegar, put a small pot over medium-high heat. Bring it to a boil, and reduce heat slightly to let simmer for 8 minutes.
  8. If using already-made balsamic reduction, ignore that step and just drizzle it on at the end.
  9. Add the bok choy to your pan of meatballs, and drizzle with your balsamic reduction. Serve and enjoy!

If you make this recipe, I’d love to hear about it! Leave a comment below, or take a photo and tag it on instagram or twitter with #itscrunchthyme


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